Justice and Human Rights at the Grassroots Level: Judicial Empowerment in Dalit Activism

Part of the Human Rights Interventions book series (HURIIN)


Suzuki examines the current sociopolitical dynamics of caste, based on justice and human rights, with regard to judicial empowerment in Dalit community in contemporary India. With an increase in the educational, economic, and political empowerment of the Dalits, they have risen to challenge existing policies and demand an equal share in state resources. The results of Suzuki's fieldwork show that while most people tried to keep their caste hidden, a number of them asserted their caste in order to obtain benefits from welfare schemes (reservation policies in particular) and to protect their rights by approaching the judicial system through public interest litigations.


Judicial Empowerment Public Interest Litigation Dalit Community Manual Scavenging Ambedkar 
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This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers JP26283006, JP16K16659.


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  1. 1.Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (National Institute for the Humanities)TokyoJapan

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